This is the time of year when I really start to feel run down. I’m already sick for the first time (blah) and have been trying to drink fluids and eat healthy as much as possible. Along with the cooler weather comes dryer skin, making you look even more tired than you probably feel. I have two at-home face masks that can help with both of these problems.
Coffee grounds can reduce inflammation and redness in your skin, not to mention brighten it as it exfoliates. Just be sure not to scrub too hard, as with all face masks/scrubs you should be as gentle as possible so you don’t tear your skin, which can let in bacteria and cause more problems than you started with. The cocoa in this mask is a great antioxidant.
- 1/2 cup fresh fine ground unflavored coffee
- 1/2 cup organic baking cocoa
- 1/3 cup organic coconut oil
- 1/4 cup organic honey
Massage onto face and gently scrub in a circular motion. Rinse off and pat your skin dry. You can apply a very thin layer of coconut oil following the scrub and leave on while you sleep for extra moisture.
Avocado is great for your skin whether you apply it straight to it or you eat it in your diet (Avo and grapefruit salad, yummmm). Avocados are full of antioxidant carotenoids which protect your skin from the environment, preventing fine lines and wrinkles. Avocados also have a ton of Vitamin C, which helps elastin and collagen. Probably the most commonly known thing about avocado is that it’s a “good fat”, meaning it is a monounsaturated fatty acid.
- 1/2 a decent sized avocado
- 1/3 cup uncooked old fashioned rolled oats
- 1 tbsp organic unfiltered ACV
- 2 tbsp organic honey
- 1 teas fresh lemon juice
The best way to get all the ingredients combined is in a stand up mixer on the lowest setting for a minute or two. You can mix it by hand but the avocado and honey can take a minute to combine. Whatever works best for you. Just apply a thick layer to your freshly washed face and let it sit for 25-30 minutes. Then wipe off with a warm wet washcloth and rub in the oils left on your face.